Midweek Mayhem!!

Hello,

Good afternoon and welcome to Midweek Mayhem.

Our middle of the week, idle chit chat thread – now with the added excitement of a crucifiction this weekend!

Well the news of the week has to be Kev’s ambitious but much needed plan to address the nation’s Internet infrastructure requirements.

It came as a big surprise to everyone that he more or less told the proponents of the original tenders to sod off.

It’s a bold announcement that, with the flick of a little switch, simultaneously wiped the headlines clean of the crying air hostess scandal. What was all that fuss about again…?

Something about a ham sandwhich?

Dammit we have a country to run here – we’re in the middle of a Galaxacial Financial Crisis of Ben Hur promotions (a Cecil B Demille production). But be careful not to talk it up (or down) too much. Oh I don’t know which… whatever…

And of course the honeymoon continues – it’s been 18 months now – for Kevin Rudd’s popularity, now at almost record levels of 60+%. At this rate, he’ll soon be more popular than cigars n’ port at a Liberal party backbenchers’ dinner.

It hasn’t been a good week for the Oppostion Leader, Malcolm “just call me Mister 18%” Turnbull, who is just marginally more popular than his predecessor, what’s his name ‘The Forehead’.

Meanwhile the markets have been up and down and depending on who you listen to, real estate is about to boom or it’s about to decline drastically. So nothing has changed in that respect for about 12 months now.

So this weekend is Easter.

I think it would be appropriate for all of us to take a moment, particularly in these times of hardship, to consider the real meaning of Easter.

There are many people who will be homeless this Easter, some will struggle to find something to eat while others will wonder where their next meal is coming from. Spare a thought for those who are less fortunate than yourselves.

The Lord Jesus Christ carries special significance during this special time, he came to the world to care for the down trodden and marginalised, the poor and the neglected, the maligned and the rejected. We killed him. But before we did, he invented chocolate, and with some help from the disciples he made some really nice liqueur ones – especially the ones made with gin, drambuie and benedictine. And then he met a rabbit. A giant rabbit that could talk, and together Jesus and the rabbit went about giving everyone liqueur filled chocolates until no one could stand up anymore.

But some people weren’t happy about this, so naturally, they stoned Jesus and the rabbit to death and hid them in a cave and blocked the entrance with a giant plum that looked more like a peach except it was hard like rock but with lava flowing from the top and a princess who had two old jam jar lids for ear muffs, because it was cold and she warned everyone to stay away, but they didn’t cos they wanted more chocolate, so they bludgeoned her to death with a mallet, and then removed the rock only to find that the rabbit had eaten Jesus and then shat him out as chocolate shite, so it smelled a bit, and so the people threw a rag over Jesus who had wee’d himself and to this day that rag is known as “the shroud of Urine”.

The End.

This week’s music is a nice religious song for Easter..

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126 Responses

  1. Just a nice thingy from Catherine Deveny Your child’s gifted, you say? That’s nice, my kid has nits at: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/your-childs-gifted-you-say-thats-nice-my-kid-has-nits-20090407-9zj3.html

    Catherine Deveny is appearing in Mother of the Year throughout April, as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

  2. The Federal Oppposition have just announced they will adopt a new Liberal Party anthem that succinctly sets out their response to all past, present and future policies announced or implemented by the current Federal government.

    This is it …

  3. That was funny Min. I like this bit…

    “Our kids only watch the ABC. Well, our kids only watch documentaries. Well, we don’t have a TV. Well, our kids only play musical instruments. Well, our kids only play instruments made from organic wood. Well, our kids only play traditional indigenous music on bits of recycled bark. Who cares? A hundred bucks says they’ll all change their names from Tarquin to Steve and end up working in the public service.”

  4. Ross..absolutely brilliant. Mind you, it take me 10 minutes to download.

  5. I am still scared of giant rabbits after watching Donnie Darko, or was that Harvey?

    Oh well, I just know that big rabbits scare me almost as much as nuns, and closing time, and Phillip Ruddock, and …. well, you get the picture.

  6. I am on a weeks leave from tomorrow so before I forget I hope everyone and that includes James and Tom has a wonderful safe and happy Easter. If you believe in God, celebrate the miracle of the risen Lord and stuff yourself with Easter Eggs.

    If you don’t then sleep in and stuff yourself with Easter Eggs.

    Because if any of you don’t like chocolate then we have a real problem 🙂

    Either way I hope to see you all back here well and happy on 20th, unless I drop in earlier.

  7. Shane..very obviously anti-chocolate is also anti-christian.

    My bestest Easter was when I got up at 1.30am and did the mandatory hiding of the little easter eggs. 2.30am son (yes the one now in the Navy) woke me: Mum, mum, the Easter Bunny has been already and I’ve found all of the eggs. And there it was, he had collected all of the eggs that I had ‘hidden’.

    And so son was sent back to bed and I had to re-hide all of the eggs so that his sisters could also find them.

    And Happy Easter to you too. I don’t eat chocolate but don’t mind Hot Cross Buns toasted…yumm.

  8. For all the tech heads – what MIT students have in mind for your future:

    (warning – 8 min 42 sec, so might take a while to download if you’ve got slow Internet)

  9. reb and min re Catherine Deveny Your child’s gifted,

    That was a very funny article but the comedy (as all good comedy does) points out an underlying truth.

    Parents ARE behaving like that with their children. I know of people who have enrolled their kids into the best schools when the kids are born! I also think prejudice and bigotry is behind the ‘white flight’ from public to private schooling, where our tax dollars are demanded as more important than funding public schools.

    There seems to be so much pressure on kids to high achieve academically and financially. Works well if the kid is happy to be the ‘good child’ and conform to parental expectations, but if the child thinks differently, can’t measure up or simply rebels, the relationships break down, resulting in another unhappy, drug addict or street kid. Of course it’s seen as the kid’s fault, just plain ‘no hoper’ they had every opportunity in life, had the best of parents who sacrificed and devoted their entire lives to the kid’s success.

    Then there are the parents who support their kids totally through all bad behaviours, never saying a bad word always finding excuses for the violence and mean acts, it’s always the other kids fault.

    On looking back at my three kids and coping as a parent, I wonder how they have managed to stay reasonably well adjusted despite life’s setbacks, and they even seem to like me!

  10. Oh and like all good atheists, I choose to work night shift on good friday as it means nothing to me (although I will get good penalty rates because it is important to christians!).

    But I do eat the chocolates!
    I have let my kids make up their own minds about religion and over the years would give a choice of chocolates or a gift/money in lieu of easter, called ‘family appreciation’ to spend for themselves, they always chose the gift or money.

  11. “Same-sex ‘marriage’ is a movement driven by wealthy homosexual activists and a liberal elite determined to destroy not only the institution of marriage, but democracy as well.”

    — Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, on the day the Vermont legislature voted to legalize same-sex marriage

    So now you know.

  12. Agreed Kitty and very excellently stated..I can most definitely imagine that your kids like you, with hugs.

    My crew are 1 with a university degree, #2 in the Navy who I had to home school to get him through year 10 just so that he could get some sort of qualification and youngest in the final year of her PhD.

    And there is absolutely no way that one of my kids is better than the other. And they know it.

  13. N5

    Damn – reb and myself (and sansblog) are so nefarious.

    Whodathunkit.

  14. “Same-sex ‘marriage’ is a movement driven by wealthy homosexual activists and a liberal elite determined to destroy not only the institution of marriage, but democracy as well.”

    And greenhouse gases, the environment, gays must be to blame for that!

    Can they destroy the capitalist system, the free marketeers whilst they are about destroying the rest of polite society please (do try reb, i know your heart won’t be in it though 😆 ).

  15. Min

    My worst easter as a child was my sister and myself waking up to a huge chook easter egg each and inside hers was little eggs and mine was empty. I howled most of the day.

    Poor dad, they looked exactly the same but mine must have been a botched job at the factory.

    Moral of the story, make sure the things are EXACT when kids are involved or COMPLETELY different.

  16. Now this makes sense Nature @2.49. This is why none of my crew have married, it’s all Joni and Reb’s fault.

  17. “destroy the rest of polite society..?”

    Is there anything left to destroy…?

    Apart from the divine recluse of my own luxuriously appointed and lavishly decorated, gracious drawing room..

  18. Even now (youngest is 21yo) I have to spend exactly the same $ value on kids birthday pressies, so no-one can be favoured. It’ll have to be that way ’til the day I die!

  19. or I suppose I could always just take the yacht out for a spin, relax in the home theatre room, or read a book in the bedroom.

    So many choices really…

  20. reb

    Looking at the lights burning in that overblown, excessively opulent drawing room, you personally, are responsible for destroying the entire human race!

  21. kitty

    ROFLMAO

  22. reb

    As if you would be reading a book in that bedroom 😉

  23. Kitty..same as the Min household. For hubby a box of Roses (hee hee) and caramel chocs.

    Anyone listening to Turnbull on Sky. Re broadband, We would do exactly the same as when we were in government.

  24. Quite right Shane.

    I’d have to order some martini’s first, have a few lines of coke, entertain one or two “friends”

    …and then maybe read a book…with a large brandy and a cigar…

  25. We would do exactly the same as when we were in government.

    Really, make a mess of the privatisation of telstra and continue the same policy of Australians paying the highest prices for the slowest broadband in the world (28th out of 30 countries)?

  26. Min

    Anyone listening to Turnbull on Sky. Re broadband, We would do exactly the same as when we were in government.

    What – nothing? Oh that’s right, they had the Opal proposal for regional Australia, wireless to some regional areas. 5/10th of 2/3rds of FA comparred to the NBN proposal. I have no idea why some of their supporters continue to wonder why they got voted out; it just becomes more and more obvious every day.

  27. This certainly came to mind Kitty. As in argue that da inter-net was even an issue. And anyway, Telstra will fix it all up because market forces shall prevail..traa daa.

  28. And anyway, Telstra will fix it all up because market forces shall prevail..traa daa.

    Well yes, because those very same market forces have worked soooo well for the past 10 years or so 🙄

    Monopolies such as Telstra are a classic example of market failure – the problem with this neoliberal view is that most of it’s proponents don’t even understand the basic economic principles on which it is based. Dumb f#@ks.

  29. And no I don’t have a link and so just going from memory. Howard thought that this internet thingy was just a fad and admitted that he had never used this thingy in his life.

    Then we had WOW Rudd and Obama using..wait for it..the internet.

  30. …and then maybe read a book…with a large brandy and a cigar…

    And whilst reb is in a drug induced stupor, the yacht would hit some turbulent waters, the brandy would spill and be set aflame by the cigar, burning down the yacht and all occupants would have to don the lifejackets and jump into the sea, the survivors to be picked up by pirates!

    haha, serves yourself right for being such a pompous destroyer of families and democracy…and the whole world!

  31. Dave55..I was just waiting for Howard to privatise the other arm of the former Post Master General’s office, being the post office and postage stamps.

  32. Dave55..I was just waiting for Howard to privatise the other arm of the former Post Master General’s office, being the post office and postage stamps.

    Don’t think he didn’t try.

  33. “I’d have to order some martini’s first, have a few lines of coke, entertain one or two “friends”…”

    Yes, I bet you could smuggle a few coloured slaves into this country by way of that juggernaut:

    N’

  34. “burning down the yacht and all occupants would have to don the lifejackets and jump into the sea, the survivors to be picked up by pirates!”

    Oh kitty, that’s what one of these is for….

    🙄

    Do you honestly think I’d allow salt water to tarnish the velvet slipper…?

  35. BTW reb, what was the Easter song you posted? Nothing comes up.

    I enjoyed your fictional retelling…reminds me of a certain book that gets left in motel rooms.
    N’

  36. Reb..know your love for the cloth splendiferous…just for you for Easter..

  37. Monopolies such as Telstra are a classic example of market failure – the problem with this neoliberal view is that most of it’s proponents don’t even understand the basic economic principles on which it is based. Dumb f#@ks.

    Where’d ya read that, Dave? Kevin Rudd’s The Monthly essay?

    😀

  38. Monopolies such as Telstra are a classic example of market failure – the problem with this neoliberal view is that most of it’s proponents don’t even understand the basic economic principles on which it is based. Dumb f#@ks.

    Where’d ya read that, Dave? Kevin Rudd’s The Monthly essay?

    😀

  39. Oops.

  40. Nasking,

    It’s Nick Cave – “God is in the House”

  41. “reminds me of a certain book that gets left in motel rooms.”

    Hustler?

  42. Min,

    It had been mooted from memory.

    I’m not opposed to privatisation, just where there is no market. The sale of Medibank Private for example is not a huge problem for me because this is a Government enterprise competing with private markets. It is a good assett for the Government and generates revenue etc but there is no pressing need for it to remain in public ownership.

  43. Just seems common sense to me. Things such our basic infrastructure which incudes communication cannot be monopolies.

    Just listening to Turnbull on Sky..he sounds somewhat shrill.

  44. Dave 55

    Remember the CBA was also a government enterprise competing with private markets and look where privatisation of that got us.

  45. Tony,

    Whether you use the term neioliberal or something different, the fact remains that free market advocates (which is what Howard and Costello (the latter in particular) were) believe that markets are the answer to most problems. This however relies on some basic underlying priciples related to markets, namely that there is a free flow of market sensitive information and that there is actually a market. The problem with monopolies is that there the principles underlying a successful of markets don’t always exist, the main one is that there is no competition which means that one of the prime market drivers – information about price, isn’t available.

    Government assets have the potential to distort a market where Government ownership distorts the price signal, but this only occurs where there is competition and a real market. Monopolies, such as postal services and fixed line infrastructure in telecoms are not so problematic when in Government ownership because there is no distortion in the price signal. From a theoretical POV, the Government should use the monopoly power for the good of it’s citizens, whether this is correct in practice or not usually depends on the Government I would suggest). If you privatise the monopoly, the entity only has to look out for it’s shareholders and there is no requirement for external price indicators. Without propoer regualtion to counter this market failure, the privatisation of a monopoly is a classic example of market failure which, as I pointed out, is actually in conflict with the underlying principles advocated by free marketeers.

    BTW, I haven’t read Rudd’s essay, the neoliberal comment was really thrown in as a tease 😉

  46. Shane, do you mind flipping over to the Broadband thread and checking what I wrote last about the union super funds. It’s an important distinction.

    Happy Easter to you too.

  47. shane,

    We’ve had this discussion about the CBA before. There are aspects of the CBA that probably shouldn’t have been privatised – the development bank arm is a case in point. I still think the privatisation of the primary banking Arm of CBA should have been privatised but with regulation regarding the location of banks in regional areas. Aspects such as the development bank arm could quite properly have been kept in public ownership given there was no market in this and it really was a public good.

  48. reb

    kinky – I didn’t know you were into that sort of thing 😉

  49. Min, on April 8th, 2009 at 4:12 pm Said:
    Reb..know your love for the cloth splendiferous…just for you for Easter..

    Have to now choof. Hubby home in 1/2 hour..din-dins is pan fried beef. Oven roasted spud with Mex tomato salsa, sour cream and avo, plus salad.

  50. “Where’d ya read that, Dave?” doubled up

    lol..Tony, reminded me of this from 2001: A Space Odyssey:

    Just what do you think you’re doing, Dave?

    Dave, I really think I’m entitled to an answer to that question.

    I know everything hasn’t been quite right with me, but I can assure you now, very confidently, that it’s going to be all right again.

    I feel much better now. I really do.

    (Wikiquote)

    In some ways many of the Right-Wing leadership remind me of the HAL 9000 before the change …promoted as RELIABLE…and “incapable of error”. Never makes a mistake or “distorts information”. But in the end just a MACHINE. Will go to any lengths to survive and fulfil the mission.

    Will they all begin to singalong to “Daisy Bell” on the Opposition front bench soon…& then start revealing the pre-recorded message from MISSION CONTROL?

    UNIONS MUST BE EXTERMINATED UNIONS MUST BE EXTERMINATED
    OUR BUSINESSES MUST SUCCEED…OUR BUSINESSES MUST SUCCEED
    OUR MEDIA MUST DOMINATE…OUR MEDIA MUST DOMINATE
    USE DOWNTURN TO EXTERMINATE WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE

    WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE
    N’

  51. N’

    LOL

  52. Easter – based upon pagan fertility festivals, was simply hijacked by early Christian missionaries, to make Christianity more “palatable” (no, sreb, not the bleeding chocolate, the concept of the Crucifiction {love the spelling BTW})…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%92ostre

    …just as Christmas was a festival, long before Christianity…and of course JC wasn’t really born on 25th December either (be a bit hard to calculate without a calender – though it has been attempted…)

    If you like reading fiction within fiction:

    http://www.herealittletherealittle.net/index.cfm?page_name=Jesus-Birthday

    …but then I bet you all new that already…

    ………………………………………………….

    hey sreb!

    …I had my new teeth fitted today can you detect my posh accent? No more ethes’ just nice clean s’s…

    …just in time too, been invited to sing wif (oops) a new band…here’s a clip of them practising…(ridgy didge!)

  53. With indulgence..obviously not an important thing for most people…

    http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/navy-plans-to-boost-submariner-numbers-20090408-a0mf.html

    “We can’t to afford to burn out our people.

    Just a thought, what about reasonable pay and being able to be able to access reasonable accomodation. For starters…

  54. “Hustler?”

    No…something more myth-oriented, pages filled w/ fiction:

    See, I Told You So, by Rush Limbaugh

    N’

  55. A bunch of pointers for anyone who might be interested…

    A US judge is p*ssed off that the Government lawyers failed to fully disclose the extent of psychological issues of one of their witnesses in various Guantanamo cases. The judge said this witness’s testimony could be challenged as unreliable, and:

    “How can this court have any confidence whatsoever in the United States government to comply with its obligations and to be truthful to the court?”

    Indeed. That’s a fundamental error – to trust those in positions of power not to abuse said power, which is why we’re supposed to have checks and balances…

  56. Medical personnel cooperated with CIA interrogators performing abusive interrogations, according to the Red Cross.

    A long, measured and thoughtful consideration of the torture issues in light of the Red Cross report. Well worth the time, even for those who think they know the territory.

    In particular, this covers some of the political dynamics which make it so hard to effectively repudiate torture in the US, and it points out that the very secrecy maintained by the administration(s) leaves us largely unable to judge for ourselves whether their claims that “it works” are in any way credible. It also covers some of the legal territory and the heritage of the torture techniques used by the US, for those who aren’t familiar with that.

    Another excellent article – “Torture. It works, all right.” which clearly lays out what torture is used for (e.g. amongst other things, extracting false confessions that are used to justify the whole legally questionable (or blatantly illegal) program surrounding it…). There’s a bunch of thoughtful comments in there too.

  57. Just heard on the radio news:

    Driver pulled over by police in the USA put eight rounds into the deputy that stopped him, shot another deputy and his police dog…

    When the police finally caught up with the guy (who had done a runner – of course!) in a “forest” they put 68 rounds into him …

    When the Sherriff (or Marshall not sure) was asked by a judge why 68 rounds, he said – wait for it! –

    “…cause that was all we had..!” 😯

  58. BTW, I haven’t read Rudd’s essay, the neoliberal comment was really thrown in as a tease

    FFS Dave, I didn’t expect you to reply with an essay of your own.

  59. Glenn Greenwald talks to the lawyer who is being threatened with six months imprisonment for writing to Obama pointing out that his allegations of torture in a previous letter to Obama were censored. Apparently there’ll be a transcript soon.

    Sparta argued in comments on the previous thread that (roughly speaking) no torture case so far meant it was likely that no credible case exists:

    Again, if it is so clear cut why no case? Does GW still have plenty of “cronies” in this democratically controlled Congress and Presidency?

    This ignores
    (a) the well-publicised Bush appointee “tunneling” into various government agencies in the last few months of the Bush administration, and
    (b) Obama’s well-publicised statements (and those of others in his administration) that he wants to look to the future rather than to the past on these types of matters.

    Now Greenwald points out that Obama’s DOJ is – if anything – making even greater claims than the Bush DOJ to executive privilege, immunity and national security powers:

    New and worse secrecy and immunity claims… including the argument that the Patriot Act prevents all lawsuits against the government unless there has been wilful disclosure.

    Obama, the ICRC report and ongoing suppression – moving to block accountability for government law breaking (in both the illegal surveillance and torture realms).

    There are no excuses for ongoing concealment of torture memos.

    You don’t need to have Bush cronies in the administration in order to suppress a valid legal case, you merely have to have the press on your side (fairly well documented) and/or administration officials in place who have a vested interest (whether personal, ideological, power-gathering or otherwise) in keeping investigations from proceeding.

  60. For the Love of God.

    Nothing like a blasphemous piece of artwork at easter. Surely the artist is entitled to his beliefs too, I guess it’ll be banned like pisschrist was. Can’t upset the theocracy.

    Sculptor Mitch Mitchell said it was meant to portray women’s suffering.

    What he didn’t say was

    …it was meant to portray women’s suffering, at the hands of religion.

    Maybe one future day, the only people believing in organised religion will be men.

    WOMEN IN THE BIBLE

    My easter sermon.

  61. For the Love of God.~Reb

    Quite seriously, I have no time for these kinds of ‘artists’. They think they’re being provocative and edgy by making fun of, what, Christianity? Talk about a soft target.

    Why don’t they show some real balls and make fun of someone or something who might react a bit stronger than mentioning how outraged they are. They could try some cartoons, for a start.

  62. Mods help! – cripes, I think I’m spaminated, must have been my p*sschrist reference.

    Why don’t they show some real balls and make fun of someone or something who might react a bit stronger than mentioning how outraged they are. They could try some cartoons, for a start.

    More idiotic Andy Bolt style outrage.

    It’s not as if the religious are oppressed in this society. Try being an atheist and see how your views are treated by the theocracy in Australia. They wouldn’t even OK harmless slogans for bus advertising, slogans which should be considered free speech in a real democracy.

    (TB)…just in time too, been invited to sing wif (oops) a new band…here’s a clip of them practising…(ridgy didge!)

    Saw you at 1:17 TB, nice t-shirt and stubbies!

  63. KL, sorry, should have mentioned I’m not there…yet…the big giveaway is – no singing…

    When/if that happens I’ll let you know (as I’m sure you know!) and post the youtube address)

  64. Tony, on April 8th, 2009 at 5:31 pm Said:
    For the Love of God.~Reb

    Quite seriously, I have no time for these kinds of ‘artists’. They think they’re being provocative and edgy by making fun of, what, Christianity@? ~~~

    Honestly Tony, Astaire and Garland weren’t all that bad and their interpretation of Easter was very non denominational. Hehe..I get to post my link again. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1tf2TPheE8

  65. KL,

    Although my heart bleeds for the poor downtrodden atheists of the world, you are (deliberately?) missing the point.

    My beef is with the artists – who wish to be seen as courageously cutting edge for their mocking of one of the world’s major religions, but choose to mock the one which will react only by turning the other cheek.

  66. (My God, I think I am channeling Andrew Bolt.)

  67. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…..!

    Literally just back from the depressing UK this afternoon. Almost 3 weeks of depressing London.

    So does anyone need insulting this afternoon ?

    Last time I looked Miglo was jibbering on in some aboriginal tongue………….What did it all mean Miglo………..I had to fly out that morning ?

    My God………..St George are near the top of the Ladder……………Manly are on the bottom…………….There truly is a God !

  68. din-dins is pan fried beef. Oven roasted spud with Mex tomato salsa, sour cream and avo, plus salad.

    Sounds scrumptious Min. My good lady wife is preparing Min’s Greek lamb – my mouth is watering thinking of it…

  69. Hi bacchus..thank you for the ‘feed back’..hehe.

    But re above, I am a Godling..that is, there is good where ever one wants to look for it..but that’s another story.

  70. Good music TB.

    Here’s another:

    Woody Guthrie – Jesus Christ

    N’

  71. IATW

    My God………..St George are near the top of the Ladder……………Manly are on the bottom…………….There truly is a God !

    No there isn’t! grumble grumble

  72. (My God, I think I am channeling Andrew Bolt.)

    That was my point, eerily similar in style!

    My beef is with the artists – who wish to be seen as courageously cutting edge for their mocking of one of the world’s major religions,

    So what? Are artists not allowed to mock anymore? And your interpretation of the artwork is different to mine (eye of the beholder). you view it as it appears a woman and a cross, and see only christianity being mocked.

    I see a woman on a cross which is representative of ALL religions, not just christianity, but the cross is for easy identification of religion. The artist himself says it is portraying women’s suffering, and christianity does have a lot to answer for in that regard.

  73. Tont

    FFS Dave, I didn’t expect you to reply with an essay of your own.

    LOL – I’ll pay that one.

    Is the point valid though?

  74. Kittylitter,

    I have rescued you from the Spaminator.

    TB,

    Glad to hear you’ve got the new teeth fitted. Does this mean you’ll be talking with the “queen’s” English henceforth?

    Can’t wait to see a clip of you and the band in your walk shorts n sandles!

  75. KL

    I agree with your perspectives about art.

    Art should provoke and sometimes disturb, it’s not all about nice bunches of flowers n stuff.

    And if “the christians” can’t handle it…

    “If thy eye offend thee – then pluck it out!!”

  76. So what? Are artists not allowed to mock anymore?

    Again choosing to miss the point.

    It’s not the act of mocking I object to. Mocking is healthy. There should be more mocking.

    My point is: If you are a self-styled avant-garde artist, then go and do something outrageous. Mocking Christianity is so First Century AD. Let’s see some mocking of a target that might actually respond in a non- non-violent way. Then I’ll call you hard-core. Until then, wake me up when the art arrives.

  77. I’ve got a to go for a haircut at 7.00pm.

    Got to keep that TinTin look in shape.

    Might have to pick up a nice bottle of wine afterwards to have with the Indian curry the other arf’s brought home..

  78. To the barricades, militant vegetarians of the world, to the barricades!

  79. Is the point valid though?

    Maybe, I’m not sure. (What was the point again?)

  80. Tony

    Perhaps that should be a lesson for us all…

    Mock not that, that ye ought not mock
    Lest ye yerself also be mocked by a mocker

    I should’ve been a priest.

  81. Thanks ‘N’ (looking forward to meeting them all – I know two of ’em…)

    Here’s one for believers (of all faiths), athiests and (us) agnostics…

    I’m still struggling away on this bloody laptop so,

    Happy Easter – to all Blogocrats – however we choose to celebrate…it is a time for all of us to ponder what we have, rather than what others have, or, could have been….our family (no matter their faults), our friends (real and virtual), our workmates (those that have them) and our neighbours (I know all mine – do you?)…

    …and of course to celebrate the future (even though times are tough now – we know they will improve)…

    Each day is a gift – that’s why we call it, the present…

  82. our friends (real and virtual)

    And enemies! Online and imaginary.

  83. Anyone for Afghanistan?

    http://news.yahoo.com/edcartoons/robertariail;_ylt=AqUpZA4Pu9qUvz_y0cEY634l6ysC

    A good historical lesson.

  84. Merry Easter to all and I think spats and top hats should be mandatory for all male personages.

    And can someone please give me a coherent reason why same-sex marriage will be the roon of marriage? Thought not.

  85. Sigh.

    Will THE TRUTH ever be told?:

    N’

  86. “crucifiction”

    lol, nicely done reb.

    FICTION being the operative word.

    I really enjoyed your mocking of Christianity, there should be much more of it, soft targets or not…that kind of mockery never goes out of fashion.

    Recently finished reading “god is not Great” by Christopher Hitchens. Really enjoyed it, particularly his critical literary analysis of various parts of teh Bible & Quran; among other erudite observations.
    I’d recommend it to anybody who thinks that their faith can stand a logical challenge.

    For me, a godless dog, it served to further highlight the inescapable fact that the Abrahamic religions (it wasn’t exactly unforgiving of other forms, both Eastern & Western) are undeniable human constructs.
    Who can fail to be impressed by the advent of the book of Mormon & sundry other opportunistic spiritual charlatanisms.

    Happy Long Weekend to Man & Beast alike. I’m on Nightshift ’til Sunday morning so I won’t be able to make it to church.
    Given a couple of hours of sleep I may still take the opportunity to get drunk & sacrilegious later in the day.

    If I don’t get back here before next week…have a good one.
    Loving the current disintegration of Australian conservatism BTW.

  87. Thank you ToiletBoss.

    I’m back from my haircut and looking very ‘spunky’ if I don’t mind saying so myself..

    🙂

    Now where did I put that shiraz…

  88. A thoughtful comment Toiletboss containing possible truisms that are worth reflecting on. And a happy weegend to you from this oft chimera.

    “Clink” to TB for his positive words.

    “And can someone please give me a coherent reason why same-sex marriage will be the roon of marriage?”

    jane, wait til the money & taxes really start flowing from same-sex marriages & civil unions…amazing how the smell of profit and balanced budgets can bring on the U-turn in even the most hardened of devout . And gray hair & a grandkid’s happiness can make a difference too.

    Anyway, I’m completely buggered.

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/9/86334046_7a81888ab6.jpg?v=0

    I won’t be doing much music this weekend. Need to spend some time w/ my special lady. And repair my chest.

    Best to all.

    N’

  89. Moi extra special banking mates should jest throw away the carrot an get themselves a bigger stick to whack yers with. I mean, they’re only doin what the market dictates, aren’t they.

    Fer example, the Vulture Hedge Fund LLC pays moi $US 580 million per annum to asset-strip smelly third world countries an fleece Central Coast pensioners. Now these pathologically jealous tiny brains are jest gonna have to accept that the market dictates what goes in moi pay packet, OK? An $US 580 mill is the goin rate for a Hotshot Hedge Fund Boss, OK?

    I mean, it’s jest like the award rates of pay these same treacherous little ppl are so bloomin keen on, isn’t it.

    Yer follow, tiny brains? Good.

    Let me put yer work shy bloomin bloggers straight once once an-flippin-fer all. Anyone who has a problem with this rational allocation of corporate resources is either an embittered member of the AL-bloody-P or jest plain twitter an bisted, OK?

    As yers all know, the reality is us Master of the Universe personality types are earnin the big big bucks because we’re worth every cent of it. Unhampered by ancient communal sentiments, we’ll do whatever it takes to bring home the bacon.

    So my message to all yer cyber bludgers is simple: wake up to yerselves quick smart. Loife is not some sorta sicko greenie fairytale, OK? We super stars of management are much much better than yers an that’s jest the way it’s always been, OK?

  90. Reb, I love your Easter tale. Very dark and imaginative, as opposed to the other version we are taught, a form of brainwashing from early childhood. Yours is a far better story.

  91. Walrus, it’s best you don’t know what I said to you in Pitjantjatjara. But be assured, it wasn’t nice. You’re the type of person that one has difficulty finding nice words for.

  92. Hello & goodbye miglo & Angel, it’s off to work for me now.

    I liked reb’s fine Easter fable too, not to mention the “controversial” sculpture that he linked to above.
    A fine piece of art which would look fantastic up on the wall above the doors to The Buffalo Lodge.

    Of course the cross should have been inverted.

  93. Miglo, from last night. No, I haven’t been body snatched, just head snatched. I finally ditched the pic, and changed blogging places. I thought it was gone, and put in a pic of wings instead. Now the bloody thing is back.

  94. It’s a lovely avator Angel. And next to that ram’s head above you it makes you look like a beauty queen.

    Catch you tomorrow.

  95. Does that mean without the ramshead I am ugly? Gosh Miglo, remember I’m female!

    Night.

  96. Does that mean without the ramshead I am ugly? Gosh Miglo, remember I’m female!

    Hi Angel, how does the garden grow? I hope you will find employment quick smart.

    I think migs means to imply that you are a beauty queen (I only have to look at your avatar to know that), but the rams head person is very ugly! Came out sort of a backwards compliment didn’t it? Well, just picture miglo, snoring his head off, Ipod earphones all askew as he drools down the side of his beak. Imagine Jedda as she stands there, sadly contemplating the sight of that little black duck!

  97. I’m back from my haircut and looking very ’spunky’ if I don’t mind saying so myself..

    Yes, I see you reb, and all ready for Easter too!

  98. Yes, it came out wrong. Thanks kitty for clearing that up. I was probably light-headed from the excitement of hearing that Woolrus was back in town.

  99. As you all know – I am a mac-vangalist, but has anyone had any experience on creating photo-books on Windo$e machines?

  100. I was probably light-headed from the excitement of hearing that Woolrus was back in town.

    Miglo, on April 9th, 2009 at 7:26 am Said:

    A Big Sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ! ……from Walrus.

    Miglo it’s so nice to hear you missed me……….NOT !!!!!

    Hehehehehehehehehehehehe………!

    Dave55…………………Oh I forgot you might be around…..Hehehehehehehehehehehe….!

  101. Walrus, I’ve decided to be nice to you today. Please try and reciprocate.

    Why did you go to London? Was it work related?

    On a different issue, I see that Here Comes Tomorrow by the Monkees has been removed from YouTube.

    And in case you’re wondering, I am not Aboriginal. I learnt Pitjantjatjara at uni, and as fate would later have it I needed it some years later when I had to travel to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands.

  102. Kittylitter, thank you for that compliment. That’s very kind. You should see me with no makeup and my trackie pants on. Not a pretty sight, and neither is Miglo from your description!

    Re the job, I hope so, my fingers are crosed. The garden is still a mess. Cheers!

  103. Good morning.

    I was walking to work this morning, and what a glorious day it is in Hobart town.

    And as I approached St Mary’s Cathedral on Macquarie Street, here was this guy standing there at the traffic lights dressed in a white robe, socks n’ sandals with an artifical beard, a thorn of crowns holding a six foot crucifix in one hand and a plackard in the other which read:

    “I came and died for your sins. Repent and be saved. Love Jesus”

    Now aside from the fact that the guy looked like a complete fu*kwit, which I was sorely tempted to point out to him, I thought “there’s absolutely no way that that crucifix is going to hold your weight buddy. I mean look at it – some pathetic thing that he’s thrown together with two planks of four by two from Mitre 10.”

    Mind you, if he had had the hammer and nails with him, I wouldn’t have had any objection to “getting into the vibe” of the whole thing and whacking a few six inch nails into his hands and wrists.

    However I could sense that he wasn’t look for any audience participation, so I just gave him a quick kick in the shins while yelling “why don’t you just die!!” And kept walking…

  104. Joni, you could try Picasa Web Albums.

    Reb, nice to see you are still with the spirit of Easter. Don’t think I could participate in the hammering and nailing.

    I’m off to dig post holes, already down to clay. Before anyone says buy a post hole digger, I can’t afford one.

  105. Angel,

    You can hire a post hole digger for a day…

    (It might come with a muscular bloke who could operate it for you too…!)

    🙂

  106. Joni,

    My other arf also uses Picassa Web Albums and he has a Mac Air note book thing..

  107. Walrus, I’ve decided to be nice to you today. Please try and reciprocate.

    Miglo, on April 9th, 2009 at 9:14 am Said:

    Mmmmmmm…….Oh……..alright then I’ll try and be nice as well !

    London visit was just to catch up with friend of ours who turned the big 40 plus the airfares are so cheap just could not resist.

    The Poms are very pessimistic about their economic future. Seems like every second Pom was looking at immigration requirements for entry into Oz.

    But the Poms just create trouble everywhere they go.

    Look at 1776 the USA…France in 1815…..Persia the 1920s…… India in 1940s…………Palestine in the 1940s……..Suez canal 1950s………..Cardiff Stadium every year.

    They are real serial pests !

  108. Mind you, if he had had the hammer and nails with him, I wouldn’t have had any objection to “getting into the vibe” of the whole thing and whacking a few six inch nails into his hands and wrists.

    That’s the least you could have done for him. It’s obvious the poor man was looking for someone to put him up over Easter.

  109. The good thing about visitors at easter is that after three days they getup and leave.

  110. Angel..your good self is gorgeous and I think of my daughters and daughter in law whenever I see the pic..they likewise have splendiferous tresses.

    However, if you do want to change your avatar make certain that all email accounts are included. That is, after clocking into http://en.gravatar.com/site/login. Then you will come up with Choose an Image from below..

    If you have a primary or home address but are logged into Blogocrats via a supplementary address then you need to change your pic for both addresses.

    **I hope that I have this right, but this is what I found when I tried to change mine. That is I changed the avatar re primary email address, but didn’t change it for my min_kelpie account. I needed to do both.

  111. “The Poms are very pessimistic about their economic future”

    So nothings changed then.

  112. Minkelpie, thank you for that. First tryout now!

  113. Well, that didn’t work. Any other ideas?

  114. Angel..it can take half an hour to work. Also check under your Leave a Reply name and your email address on this. Then back to Gravatar to see if these match.

    **This is what I did too!..I clocked onto Gravatar and forgot to click onto Leave a reply and so ended up as minkelpie instead of Min.

  115. But the Poms just create trouble everywhere they go.

    Look at 1776 the USA…France in 1815…..Persia the 1920s…… India in 1940s…………Palestine in the 1940s……..Suez canal 1950s………..Cardiff Stadium every year.

    Walrus, I reckon we can add Australia 1788 to that list. And what the Poms didn’t stuff up in 1788, Howard did in 1996.

  116. If at first you don’t succeed…….

  117. Angel,

    It worked for me the first time (your new avatar).

  118. If at first you don’t succeed…….

    ……… keep failing.

  119. ??? Just ignore me while I try this out.

  120. Sadly Angel, you are faceless. Want to have another try? And I’m doing this with you. Click onto http://en.gravatar.com/emails. You will have Select an Email Address. It might say Select Primary. Click onto this. (I have my min_kelpie address too and this is the one that I have for Blogocrats).

    It then says Choose An Image or Choose a New Image. Click onto the new image. A white screen will then come up stating Confirm. Click Confirm.

    Now go to the Leave a Reply on Blogocrats and check that your email address on Gravatar is the same as on Leave a Reply.

  121. Reb..not happening here. Perhaps I need a faster broadband 😉

  122. Min, faceless yes, but at least I can fly now. Thanks!

  123. It works for me angel…

  124. This is just a media release from: http://www.alp.org.au/media/0409/mstard090.php

    Australia has become one of the first countries in the world to give a factory built, all electric car approval to drive on city streets.

    At least it’s a start…

  125. And if I hear one more time from Sky News how the Navy ‘allowed’ asylum seekers to arrive, I will spit chips.

    From Cairns to Darwin we have 14 Patrol Boats. And if one might care to glance at our bases at: http://www.navy.gov.au/Bases, a person might note that there is huge gap-thing..that there is zilch from Darwin to Perth. A wee bit of a hike even from Darwin to intercept a boat coming from Indonesia.

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